Management overview

It’s essential that you develop and execute ongoing maintenance and operations to ensure that your Skype Room Systems v2 systems are available for your users and deliver a great user experience.

Monitoring

Monitoring Skype Room Systems v2 systems consists of two key activities:

  • Device, application, and peripheral device monitoring

  • Quality and reliability monitoring (CQD)

Skype Room Systems v2 device, application, and peripheral device monitoring

To ensure that users are able to use the Skype Room Systems v2 units, the units must be on, connected to the network with the Skype Room Systems v2 application correctly configured, and be connected to functioning peripheral devices.

Information about the state of the Skype Room Systems v2 application and connected peripheral devices is written by the Skype Room Systems v2 application to the Windows event log and documented in this article.

Setting Allows
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon AutoAdminLogon = (dword) 1
Enables Skype Room Systems v2 to boot up
Power Management -> On AC, turn screen off after 10 minutes
Power Management -> On AC, never put system to sleep
Enables Skype Room Systems v2 to turn off attached displays and wake up automatically
net accounts /maxpwage:unlimited
Or equivalent means of disabling password expiration on the local account. Failure to do this will eventually cause the Skype account to fail logon complaining about an expired password. Note that this impacts all local accounts on the machine, and thus failure to set this will also cause the administrative account on the box to eventually expire as well.
Enables Skype account to always log in

Transferring files using Group Policies is discussed in Configure a File Item.

Remote Management using PowerShell

We recommend that you use Microsoft Operations Manager Suite to monitor your Skype Room Systems v2 systems. For guidance on how to set up monitoring and basic alerting, see Deploy Skype Room Systems v2 management with OMS.

Using this guidance, you can create a simple-to-use dashboard to identify any issues with your Skype Room Systems v2 units across your deployment.


Decision points
  • Confirm that you'll use Operations Management Suite to monitor your Skype Room Systems v2 deployment.
  • Decide the target distribution list you’ll use for email alerts.

Next steps
  • Define your quality and reliability monitoring approach.

Quality and reliability monitoring (CQD)

We recommend that you implement ongoing operational quality and reliability monitoring procedures as part of your deployment to monitor the trending of call and meeting quality and reliability, identifying any areas of concern and working toward a resolution.

When you upload your building information to CQD you can investigate call quality and reliability trends on a per-building level, which makes it easy to compare buildings and focus your attention on specific problems. For more information, download the Monitor-CQD for Skype for Business Online-Delivery and Operations Guide.

We recommend that you review and follow the Quality of Experience Review Guide to identify quality and reliability trends, and create an action plan to resolve them.

Updating the Skype Room Systems v2 OS and Skype Room Systems application

We recommend that you update the Skype Room Systems v2 OS and Skype Room Systems v2 application to benefit from product updates and improvements. For detailed guidance, see Manage Skype Room Systems v2.

Troubleshooting

We recommend that you set up Operations Management Suite alerting as described in the section above so that your operations team and helpdesk will be alerted to any Skype Room Systems v2 issues. The options you have for PowerShell remote management are described in Remote Management using PowerShell. In the event that a peripheral device is disconnected, you might need to rely on local “smart hands” or IT support to investigate and reconnect the devices.

For more information about troubleshooting and admin mode, see Manage Skype Room Systems v2.

See also

Skype Room Systems version 2 help

Plan for Skype Room Systems v2

Deploy Skype Room Systems v2

Configure a Skype Room Systems v2 console

Manage a Skype Room Systems v2 console settings remotely with an XML configuration file